Welthungerhilfe is implementing “Building grassroots civil society cadres for effectiveness and transparency” programme in seven states of India: Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Rajasthan. The European Union co-funded programme is being undertaken in partnership with two grass root level organizations- Parmarth and Prayog.
The programme focuses on building capacities of grassroots workers on the conservation of natural resources (land and water). Activities related to water conservation and management are being undertaken as part of the programme at various locations.
The information about water bodies in the project area plays a vital role in the sustainability of the initiative. However, at present, the data from the sites is collected and the corresponding reporting is done manually. This is prone to human errors and delays. Therefore, a more accurate tool that collects information in real time is needed.
To help the partners achieve this, Welthungerhilfe has joined hands with Aeris Communications India Pvt. Ltd, which under its CSR initiative, has introduced an app that will help track water conservation through proper monitoring using a Connected Digital Solution.
Dignitaries at the launch of TechNirmal app
Launching the app, the President of Aeris Communication India, Dr Rishi Bhatnagar, said, “The mSELL technology has successfully been applied in sectors such as fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), healthcare, and manufacturing and now following some customisation we should be able to use it in the social sector as well.”
Named “TechNirmal”, the app is a customised version of mSELL (an automation and workforce management solution) developed in partnership with Aeris’ solution partner Manacle Technologies. “We have been working with organisations to revive traditional water bodies. Documenting and monitoring the progress of these water bodies is challenging though. I am sure this app will help the community do that.”
Welthungerhilfe’s Philippe Dresruesse addressing the audience
TechNirmal is an easy to use and community friendly tool to help map the water bodies and provide key information on topics such as the area of the water body, the total amount of water that can be stored there and for how long, and, the number of families it can benefit.
The information received through it can provide guidance to the community on conserving their natural resources as well as in maintenance.
*Inputs by Aeris Communications India Pvt. Ltd.